8 Back to School Backpacks for 2014

So, we have a bit of a good news/bad news scenario on our hands. Always get the bad news first, right? Well, unfortunately school is about to start and your days of freedom are numbered. But don’t let that get you down, because we still have the good news. Behold! There are some seriously awesome backpacks available that promise to make this school year far less daunting. Check out these 8 back to school backpacks for 2014 so you can gear up the right way.

Timbuk2 Jones BackpackDominate the daily grind with the Timbuk 2 Jones Laptop Backpack. Designed to be your urban accomplice, this minimalist pack helps you get the most out of your commute, study, or work session with a dedicated, padded pocket for your machine, plenty of internal organization features, and a easy access stash for all your necessities. Equipped to handle whatever the day throws your way, the Jones Backpack refuses to compromise.

Versatile and rugged, the Arc’teryx Cambie Backpack is at home in the halls, on your Arcteryx Cambie Backpackcommute, or even seven miles in. Engineered to hoist all your essentials, including a committed protective sleeve that fits laptops up to 15”, the Cambie is a top loading sack that rocks dual zippers for super easy access. No matter how far you have to lug it, anatomical shoulder straps and a padded back panel ensure that comfort is a constant.

The North Face Sprout BackpackThis one’s for the kiddos. The North Face Sprout Backpack is the perfect pint-sized pack that not only looks groovy, but also has room for all their crayons, snacks, and even a naptime blanket. Oh, those were certainly the days. Nobody forgets their first backpack, so make their memory a good one with The North Face Sprout.

The Arc’teryx Blade 24 Daypack is no hack job. This bag slices through whatever life Arcteryx Blade 24 Backpackthrows your way with precision and efficiency. The smooth looking Blade means business as it comes loaded with a suspended laptop compartment, aluminum stay for support, padded sides, and all kinds of comfort. Wherever you need to go or whatever life has got you up to, the Blade 24 carves up your agenda with authority.

Burton Bruce BackpackPerfectly at home in the classroom or on the mountain, the Burton Bruce Backpack is all about hitting that sweet spot of fully loaded functionality. Rugged across the board, the Bruce has dedicated spots for your computing machine, tunes, sunglasses, and more. Synch it all down with the compression straps and carry all your goodies around in comfort thanks to the ergonomic back panel and shoulder straps.

Imagine giving a tiny butler a piggyback ride. Yup, that’s pretty much what’s going on with Dakine Network Backpackthe Dakine Network Backpack. This bag is perfect for lugging around everything you deem necessary for you day. Primed with organizational powers and specialized pockets for all kinds of items, the Network is just an all-around efficient pack. Oh, and it also features crazy breathable DriMesh that keeps you cool when the thermometer is on the rise.

Vans Captain Fin BackpackProbably one of the most unique of the top 8 back to school backpacks, the Vans Captain Fin Backpack is a military-esque rucksack that isn’t one to mess around. Crafted from cotton canvas, this bag gives a solid salute to ruggedness. Rest assured that all your gear is going to stay safe from the elements no matter what the weather bombards you with en route to your destination.

While your day-to-day activities may not necessarily be as awesome as a backcountry Burton Bravo Backpackexcursion, the Burton Bravo Backpack still rocks all the performance a mountaineering adventure demands. This one is for all of you who have extra particular organizational needs and refuse to entrust your stuff to an inferior backpack. The Burton Bravo Backpack is durable, all up on it, and insists upon keeping you put together.

There they are. The top 8 back to school backpacks for 2014. Each are worthy to contain all the things you need to dominate each and every day. So take your pick and get after it.


7 Back to School Daypacks for 2013

Don’t look now, but school is back. Even if it still feels like summer, there is no mistaking that familiar ringing of the bell. While you might not be pumped to be back in the classroom, you can make the best of it by grabbing a backpack that will take care of you all school year. Take a look at these supreme seven daypacks that will undoubtedly do work for your educational efforts. Oh, and they are perfect for the mountain too, but that’s irrelevant because this is all about your scholastic career, right? Riiiiiiiiiiiiight.


The North Face Recon BackpackRefuse to get lost in the shuffle by slinging The North Face Recon over your shoulder before setting out to take care of business. Outrageous organizational powers are yours to wield as you wish with spacious caverns to stash all the stuff you need to dominate the day. The hydration compatible Recon has got you covered from the hallways to the hills with its rugged nylon construction, padded FlexVent shoulder straps, and removable hip belt. Whatever life throws your way, handle it like a boss with daypacks like the Recon from The North Face.

Jansport Superbreak Backpack

You absolutely cannot go wrong with the classic styling and timeless performance of the Jansport Superbreak. Instantly, you will stand out in any classroom as a scholar and a stud when you rock this dynamite daypack.  The Superbreak gives you plenty of room to bring along all the essentials, and yes, a million glitter pens does qualify as “essential”, because Jansport knows you have to give all your notes some serious pop.


Timbuk2 Blackbird Laptop Backpack

The Timbuk2 Blackbird might appear to be sleek minimalist daypack on the exterior, but the inside is loaded with a fully padded laptop/iPad pocket and organizational powers that rival those of a nerdy OCD Superman. Custom-fit straps dial in the perfect amount of comfort and a vented back panel lets you keep your cool even when that hottie from Biology comes strolling by. Stay on top of your game with the Timbuk2 Blackbird Backpack.

Osprey Talon 22 Backpack

While the Osprey Talon 22 is amazing at hauling your books, it really hates getting held prisoner in your locker. It would rather be out on the trail while you hike along enjoying not only the scenery, but also the lightweight performance and packing capabilities of the Talon 22. Thanks to its highly versatile nature, you don’t have to choose between crushing class during the week and dominating your outdoor adventures over the weekend with this daypack from Osprey.


Arcteryx Blade 24 DaypackCut through the clutter and slice your way to success with the Arc’teryx Blade 24 Daypack. This bag excels whether you face a gnarly commute, crowded halls, or piles of homework. A high-visibility lining, aluminum stay for support, and critically padded areas all team up to ensure you go strong all day long. Dedicated electronics pockets and a large document compartment let you keep all your essentials safe, and there is even a security pocket for concealing high priority items. There is no doubt about it; the Arc’teryx Blade 24 was crafted to hack through the daily challenges you face.

Dakine Mission Backpack

Of course you have every intention of trying to get that perfect attendance award, and the Dakine Mission Pack supports that lofty goal, but it also approves of missing a day or two when the snow is fresh and deep. As proof of its dedication to all your endeavors, (scholastic and otherwise), it comes ready for anything with both a padded laptop sleeve and a fleece lined goggle pocket. The Mission has got you covered whether you choose the hallways or hooky.


Burton Rider PackWhatever comes your way, the Burton Rider Backpack takes care of things with an immortal design and heaps of functionality. Plenty of capacity and organizational features appear in the form of a pair of large pockets and fitted compartments that give a home to all your miscellaneous doodads. Give your style a boost everywhere from the quad to the lodge, and carry yourself with confidence, just like the Burton Rider carries your stuff.


Support your studies and activate your adventures with the right daypack that will deliver ridiculous performance on campus or off piste. Good luck to everyone this year and may those powder days not do too much damage to your GPAs.

2012 – The Best in Back to School Daypacks


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